MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
I believe teaching is a life-long learning process and regardless of number of years of experience, there is always room for updating. I feel that in a world as ever changing as ours, it is crucial for teachers to be open-minded and receptive to new ideas and styles of teaching. A strong teacher is willing to experiment with and adapt a wide variety of teaching methods, as I think no two students ever learn in the same way. I am of the opinion a model teacher is a team player; someone who understands the power of having a strong support system and, likewise, the importance of being a strong support system for others.
I believe in creating a safe, welcoming and nurturing classroom community that fits the diverse needs of all students. I feel all students need a calm and comfortable, yet stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. My classroom will be a place where all students can learn without fear of failure and a place where they can succeed based on their individual efforts and talents. All students have the capability for knowledge and learning, and they deserve their education to be in an encouraging and supportive environment. My classroom will be a place where all diversities of a student will be embraced and celebrated. I work in a way to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing them an environment that supports risk-taking, promote the sharing of ideas and encourages self-discovery.
I firmly believe the respect I show my students is the respect I will receive in return. I will help my students learn how to take care of and respect themselves, others, and the world around them. I will teach my students independence, responsibility, time-management, and organization.
I maintain that all classroom activities should be engaging and authentic. I want my students to be inspired and motivated to learn and, furthermore, I want them to be able to apply everything they learn to their everyday lives. Thus, it is my goal to develop curriculum around student interests to foster intrinsic motivation and stimulate their passion to learn. I will use differentiated instruction for all students, as I understand each student is a unique individual with diverse academic needs and abilities. I will also strive to incorporate a wide variety of kinesthetic, hands-on and technology-based activities in my classroom. Overall, I know tailoring my teaching style to fit the particular needs of my classroom will create ample learning opportunities for every student.
Finally, in order to ensure my students are intrinsically motivated, life-long learners, I will lead by example. I will always strive to express my dedication to teaching, and convey my passion for learning.